If your business is eyeing new construction, renovating existing space or updating infrastructure to improve energy efficiency, security or networking, you’re faced with the task of sifting through a lengthy list of commercial electrical contractors to find the one that’s right for your project. You’ll need to do your homework to find the provider who can deliver the best in safety, service and results.
Define Your Project
Start by identifying the scope of your project. Is it new construction or renovation? Will you need a contractor with experience in all aspects of the general contracting process, from initial design and scheduling to final inspection and ongoing maintenance? Do you need an assessment of existing systems to identify specific areas for improved energy efficiency and performance? Will your project involve specialized services such as fire alarm, voice and data or security systems? Does it include outdoor space, such as landscape lighting, parking lot lighting or perimeter security?
Establishing a clearly stated set of required services will allow you to more accurately determine which commercial electrical contractors can successfully complete your project on time and within budget.
Consider Experience and Expertise
Once you know what services you’ll need, look for commercial electrical contractors who can demonstrate experience and capability in delivering them. Find out how long they have been in business. An established company is likely to have a record and reputation based on projects that it has completed over the years. Look for a contractor with a professional portfolio that includes the types of work that you need done.
Commercial construction, renovation or build-out can be demanding and complex. Consider whether the contractor has the skills and experience to handle all facets of the work without the need for additional or specialty sub-contractors. An electrical contractor with a broad range of services can realize substantial cost savings over one who needs to budget the outsourcing of project components.
Verify Licenses, Insurance and Certifications
One of the most important ways to protect your business from potential liability during construction or renovation is to confirm that a contractor is licensed and insured in the project location. Secure a copy of the contractor’s license and insurance indemnification. Ensure that any subcontractors are also licensed and insured. If a contractor claims specialized certification, research the requirements for attaining it and the meaning of the certification within the industry. Make sure that the proposal specifies that all work will comply with the National Electrical Code and National Electrical Installation Standards as well as any additional specific requirements of state or local jurisdictions.
Ask for references and contact them to learn about their experience with the contractor’s work. Established, reputable commercial electrical contractors will have records and reputations you can research. Visit project sites for a firsthand look at the results and talk to the client about the contractor’s reliability, professionalism and responsiveness.
Consider Professionalism and Customer Service
Communication and trust are keys to a successful relationship between a client and a contractor. Look for a firm that has the resources to handle the scope and sophistication of your project but is responsive and gives you direct access to decision-makers to ensure clear communication. A professional contractor will provide you with a written estimate and project warranty with clear wording and attention to detail.
Tri Star Electric is Los Angeles and New York City’s premiere firm of commercial electrical contractors. Since 1973, we have been on the cutting edge of electrical and telecommunications innovation. Our forward-thinking professional team is known for its ability to expertly manage high-end commercial construction, renovation, build-outs and tenant improvements. A full-service boutique firm with principal involvement in all projects, we are fully licensed and insured.
As a company that is focused on providing turnkey electrical solutions for commercial clients, we understand that it is important for all remodeling and property improvement to be scheduled at a productive pace. Tri Star Electric employs a team of expert electricians who are able to plan the entire electrical renovation process from concept to delivery. Our clients have seen satisfaction with our scheduling aptitude, as we ensure to complete work as quickly as possible—with high-quality results.
Put Tri Star Electric on your short list of commercial electrical contractors for your next project. Call (646) 235-9129 or email joe@tristarelectricCA.com today to learn more about our leading-edge electrical services.